Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
HH: I’m an indie rock and acoustic artist, I like to switch between band and solo, like Bruce Springsteen but with the denim collar folded down.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
HH: I started releasing music as a teenager in Australia, played in two bands, Arcade Made and Penguin Kings, then started to do my own thing as Harry Heart. I’m a British-Aussie, so I to-and-fro between two homelands, I like to think that shows in the music.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
HH: The big musical influences are versatile and innovative: Jack White, Rick Rubin, Josh Homme, St Vincent, Kanye West. People that challenge their fans on each album. Outside of music, it’s mostly thinkers and authors: Montaigne, Plato, da Vinci, Dostoevsky, Newton. Those guys put the fire in your belly.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
HH: Phwar, big question! In a nutshell I want to continually release and perform music that excites me in a sustainable way. And I want a canal boat.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
HH: I write the music and lyrics for all things Harry Heart with some occasional collaborations. I tend to mix something that’s happening in my life on a personal level with whatever it is that I’m reading at the time, so I try and use the discourse of the book out of context, and I usually end up with something kind of relatable and kind of cryptic.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
HH: Nothing compares to connecting with people in real-time and having an actual conversation. I’m a talkative person, so I find more ways to talk (not just advertise) to fans now, old and new, and surprise surprise, a genuine interaction tends to lead to a genuine interest in your music.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
HH: I think artists get uptight about their royalty payments prematurely. Music isn’t the only industry where you give people a free trial of your product. The tricky part is if your music is made available on a torrent site without your consent, that sucks. But let’s be real, that’s no issue of mine at this point, and when I arrive at the point that there’s a bunch of people illegally downloading my music, I expect there will also be a bunch of people paying for it and buying tickets to shows. Swings and roundabouts.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HH: Otis by The Durutti Column. It’s minimalistic and moving.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
HH: Complainers, supermarkets, laziness, and that’s about it.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
HH: Getting the first rough mix or demo down for a new song is so exhilarating it’s hard to put into words. That’s always my proudest moment, where I listen back to what I’ve just created and think “you did that!” Any kind of big moment around achievements and career progression comes second to that feeling.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
HH: My debut album ‘Summon It’ is out 2nd July, so there’s still a lot of work to do around the release, but right now the left brain wants to stop me from organising the release and has got me demoing a lot of new songs instead.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
HH: You’ll find all links to music at www.harryheart.com, I’ve released singles and EPs since 2014. You can grab a t-shirt at our label Kinda Grizzly’s store kindagrizzly.bigcartel.com.
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